There have been two research phases for the Photographers’ Archives and Legacy Project. The first was a consultation and scoping exercise. The second involved the research and preparation of case studies, three public events and development of this website to disseminate the research.
Phase one research
This took place between May and October 2011 and involved:
- Consultation with 25 to 30 individuals from: collecting institutions (both archives and museums and galleries), academics, independent photographic organisations and photographers to appraise the issues affecting both institutions and photographers and establish the level of interest in this subject;
- Visits to archives to see and understand the physical requirements for storing and documenting photographic archives and how they are made accessible for research and public use (e.g. English Heritage Archive, Swindon; South West Image Bank, Plymouth, National Media Museum, Bradford);
- A half-day meeting in London in October 2011, which brought together key individuals from the earlier consultations (including representatives of Tate, V&A, Museum of London, De Montfort University, University of the Arts London, Plymouth University, Photographers’ Gallery, James Hyman Gallery, Tosca Fund) to discuss issues relating to photographers’ archives and see if there could be agreement on collective action. (Click here for details).